New Student – Residence Life - Montclair State University
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New Student

First-Year and Transfer Students

Housing Deadlines Fall Spring
Enrollment Forms and Fees May 1 Rolling
Housing Application Fee May 1 Rolling
Online Housing Application Available May 1 November 15
Online Housing Application Due June 1 Rolling
Request for Medical Accommodations May 15 December 15

Housing for First-Year and Transfer Students

Housing for first-year and transfer students enrolling for the fall semester is guaranteed for those who meet the below criteria (space permitting):

  • Have been fully accepted to the University
  • Submit all enrollment confirmation forms and fees by the semester deadline
  • Submit a $300.00 nonrefundable housing application fee by the semester deadline
  • Complete the online housing application no later than the semester deadline

All items are required in order for your housing application to be considered complete. For specific information on enrollment fees please see Accepted Students. Please note that our housing process is done completely online and there is no paper application to complete or submit.

For those who do not meet the above criteria, including students who may be accepted to the University after these dates, housing is not guaranteed. Every effort will be made to accommodate students in this category as space becomes available.

How Do I Apply?

  • Pay the $300.00 Housing Application Fee online through NEST or in person at the Office of Student Accounts. Payment info can be found on the Red Hawk Central website.
  • Please wait 3-5 business days for your online application to be generated
  • Follow the steps to complete the Online Application in the Residential Management System (RMS):
  1. Log into RMS using your NetID and password
  2. Scroll down to the section that says “New Incoming Students”
  3. Under “New Incoming Students,” find your student type and click “Next Step”
  4. Complete online housing agreement
  5. Fill out Room/Plan Preferences
  6. Fill out Roommate/Matching Criteria
  7. Be sure to save your information after each step
  8. Click “Finish”

Once students are placed into housing, an email will be sent to their Montclair State University email account with their assignment.

Please understand that your housing preferences are requests for where you would like to be placed. We will try our best to accommodate requests, however they are not guaranteed.

Students requesting housing accommodations due to a medical condition, in addition to completing the RMS preferences must submit a Request for Medical Accommodations by the semester deadline.

Spring semester housing is subject to availability. For any student seeking spring housing, we do anticipate bed spaces to be available to meet demand. Our goal is to house every applicant.


Graduate Students

Campus housing is available for graduate students, too!

To apply for housing you must:

  • Have been fully accepted to the University or currently enrolled
  • Submit all enrollment confirmation forms and fees by June 1st for new incoming graduate students
  • Submit a $300.00 nonrefundable housing application fee
  • Complete the online housing application

All items are required in order for your housing application to be considered complete. Please note that our housing process is done completely online and there is no paper application to complete or submit; a student must go online and complete the process as noted above. For those who do not meet the above criteria, including students who may be accepted to the University after these dates, housing is not guaranteed. Every effort will be made to accommodate students in this category as space becomes available.

A $300.00 housing application fee, along with all enrollment fees and enrollment confirmation form, included in your admissions letter, must be received and processed for you to then complete the online RMS housing application. If you are a returning resident, please see Returning Students.

Graduate Students requesting housing accommodations due to a medical condition, in addition to completing the RMS preferences must submit a Request for Medical Accommodations by March 15.